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The Cambridge History of Modern European Thought

Volume 2. The Twentieth Century


Part of The Cambridge History of Modern European Thought

Martin Jay, Katja Guenther, Jimena Canales, Dan Zahavi, Edward Baring, Giuseppe Bianco, Joel Isaac, James T. Kloppenberg, Sam Klug, Udi Greenberg, Max Pensky, Kris Manjapra, Sandrine Sanos, Peter E. Gordon, Hagen Schulz-Forberg, Steven B. Smith, Samuel Moyn, Judith Surkis, Camille Robcis, Julian Bourg, Ethan Kleinberg, David Ingram, Seyla Benhabib, Stefan Eich
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  • Date Published: January 2022
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107483804

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  • The Cambridge History of Modern European Thought is an authoritative and comprehensive exploration of the themes, thinkers and movements that shaped our intellectual world in the late-eighteenth and nineteenth century. Representing both individual figures and the contexts within which they developed their ideas, each essay is written in a clear accessible style by leading scholars in the field and offers both originality and interpretive insight. This second volume surveys twentieth-century European intellectual history, conceived as a crisis in modernity. Comprised of twenty-one chapters, it focuses on figures such as Freud, Heidegger, Adorno and Arendt, surveys major schools of thought including Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Conservatism, and discusses critical movements such as Postcolonialism, , Structuralism, and Post-structuralism. Renouncing a single 'master narrative' of European thought across the period, Peter E. Gordon and Warren Breckman establish a formidable new multi-faceted vision of European intellectual history for the global modern age.

    • Presents an authoritative survey of twentieth-century intellectual history written by leading scholars in the field
    • Organized in roughly chronological fashion to provide an accessible introduction to European intellectual history
    • Balances coverage of the classic themes of European intellectual history with explorations of European and non-European figures and movements
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    'This is simply an incredible resource: essay after essay, written by leading intellectual historians that provide concise, lucid and engaging introductions to the main currents of European thought over the past two centuries. Everyone from students to seasoned scholars will want copies of these books on their shelves.' David A. Bell, Lapidus Professor, Princeton University

    'In these well-nigh encyclopedic volumes, Warren Breckman and Peter E. Gordon engage in a daunting feat. They offer compact and informative introductions to essays on very many crucial dimensions of thought in the 19th and 20th centuries. And they furnish, along with their own substantive chapters, contributions from an array of prominent scholars of intellectual and cultural history, all of whom demonstrate impressive expertise in their varied areas of inquiry. The result is an important work of both scholarly and general interest.' Dominick LaCapra, Professor Emeritus of History and Bowmar Professor Emeritus of Humanistic Studies, Cornell University

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    • Date Published: January 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107483804
    • length: 596 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 154 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.97kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Sociology and the heroism of modern life Martin Jay
    2. Psychoanalysis: Freud and beyond Katja Guenther
    3. Modern physics: from crisis to crisis Jimena Canales
    4. Varieties of phenomenology Dan Zahavi
    5. Existentialism and the meanings of transcendence Edward Baring
    6. Philosophies of life Giuseppe Bianco
    7. The many faces of analytical philosophy Joel Isaac
    8. American ideas in the European imagination James T. Kloppenberg and Sam Klug
    9. Revolution from the right: against equality Udi Greenberg
    10. Western Marxism: revolutions in theory Max Pensky
    11. Anti-imperialism and interregnum Kris Manjapra
    12. Late modern feminist subversions: sex, subjectivity, and embodiment Sandrine Sanos
    13. Modernist theologies: the many paths between God and world Peter E. Gordon
    14. Modern economic thought and the 'good society' Hagen Schulz-Forberg
    15. Conservatism and its discontents Steven B. Smith
    16. Modernity and the specter of totalitarianism Samuel Moyn
    17. Decolonization terminable and interminable Judith Surkis
    18. Structuralism and the return of the symbolic Camille Robcis
    19. Poststructuralism: from deconstruction to the genealogy of power Julian Bourg and Ethan Kleinberg
    20. Contesting the public sphere: within and against critical theory David Ingram
    21. Restructuring democracy and the idea of Europe Seyla Benhabib and Stefan Eich.

  • Editors

    Peter E. Gordon, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Peter E. Gordon is Amabel B. James Professor of History at Harvard University, Massachusetts. He is a resident faculty member at Harvard's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and has held fellowships from the Princeton Society of Fellows and the Davis Center at Princeton University. He is the award-winning author of Rosenzweig and Heidegger: Between Judaism and German Philosophy (2003), Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos (2010), Adorno and Existence (2016) and co-editor of several books, including The Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School (with Espen Hammer and Axel Honneth, 2018).

    Warren Breckman, University of Pennsylvania
    Warren Breckman is the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 1995. He is the author of Marx, the Young Hegelians and the Origins of Radical Social Theory (Cambridge, 1999), European Romanticism: A Brief History with Documents (2007) and Adventures of the Symbolic: Post-marxism and Radical Democracy (2013). He served as co-editor of the Journal of the History of Ideas (2006–10) and co-edited the volume The Modernist Imagination: Essays in Intellectual History and Critical Theory (2008) also with Peter E. Gordon.


    Martin Jay, Katja Guenther, Jimena Canales, Dan Zahavi, Edward Baring, Giuseppe Bianco, Joel Isaac, James T. Kloppenberg, Sam Klug, Udi Greenberg, Max Pensky, Kris Manjapra, Sandrine Sanos, Peter E. Gordon, Hagen Schulz-Forberg, Steven B. Smith, Samuel Moyn, Judith Surkis, Camille Robcis, Julian Bourg, Ethan Kleinberg, David Ingram, Seyla Benhabib, Stefan Eich

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